Stair Stepping Bottle Spinner

Created: July 29 thru September 15, 2020

Stair Stepping Bottle Spinner #1 is the third design in the ‘product spinning’ series of automata that I am creating.

As I watched the first two run on my workbench I realized that I needed this third, smaller size…a product spinner designed for a bottle or a can.

Now that it is completed and I have the three product spinners running side by side I’m glad that I’ve taken the time to create this one.  It’s pleasant to watch…and it handles a bottle or a can very nicely.

Stair Stepping Bottle Spinner #1. Completed September 15, 2020

Peddler #1

Created: May 9 thru July 11, 2020

Peddler #1 is the second design in the ‘product spinning’ series of automata that I am creating.

With a relatively large single product display platform Peddler #1 is ready to spin larger small things.  I envision sunglasses, pastries, books, greeting cards, art, jewelry…etc.  

Peddler #1 is a pleasure to watch.  It’s smooth and relaxing and will display products well.

It is the intent to rent this automata (monthly)

The Project Sheet is here. 

View Peddler #1 on YouTube

Product spinning Peddler #1 is completed July 11, 2020

Two Tier #1

Two Tier is my first product spinner.  A biped powers two rotating tables by pulling levers and pedalling.

It is the intent to rent this automata (monthly)


The Project Sheet is here. 

Product Spinner #1 was completed May 7, 2020.

Surfer #1

  • I challenged myself to a 2-week automata build.  I allowed myself two weeks to physically create Surfer #1.  Started March 18,  2020.  Finished 2 April 2020.
  • Here is a link to the Surfer #1 Project Sheet .
Surfer #1, completed 2 April 2020

Inclined Slide #1

  • Conceived August 2019
  • Onto my workbench 14 August 2019
  • 12 October 2019: Mockups are successful.  The actual marble lift has been created.  I am now working on the lift drive mechanism.
  • 3/25/2020:  I’ve not worked on this automata for several months.  Am looking forward to getting back to it.
  • Here is a link to the  Inclined Slide #1  Project Sheet
Inclined Slide Proof of Concept is Successful.

Big Screw #1

This is the basis for the Big Screw series of automata

Big Wheel Lift #1

  • Conceived August 2018
  • Onto my workbench December 2018
  • Completed 8 July 2019 and available for commission.  $4000.  
  • View YouTube video here.
  • This Big Wheel Lift #1 is the prototype for future Big Wheel Lifts.  It is in my wife’s personal collection and is not for sale.
  • This automata is motorized, in addition to being hand crankable.
  • Here is a link to the Big Wheel Lift #1  Project Sheet.
  • The Big Wheel Lift #1  Detail Sheet  is here.
The new case (still under construction) sits behind Big Wheel Lift #1.

Scissor Lift #2

  • Created between August 2018 and August 2019.
  • Hand cranked.  No motor available.
  • Scissor Lift #2 is in stock and available for purchase.  $1500.
  • The  Scissor Lift #2 Project Sheet is here .
Scissor Lift #2 finally has it’s biped!

Scissor Lift #1

Electric Chair #1

  • Conceived October 2019
  • This is on my workbench, along with Inclined Slide #1
  • 3/25/2020:  I’ve got this automata almost completely constructed.  The next steps are disassembly for paint, then reassembly and the addition of many little details.  It’s been active on my bench for over four months.  I’m taking a breather from it.
  • August 10, 2020:  This automata proved to be too negative to me.  And the world right now does not need more negativity.  I’ve scrapped Electric Chair #1.  Bye-bye.
  • Here is a link to the Electric Chair #1  Project Sheet
Electric Chair #1: the build is almost complete. Next comes disassembly and paint.

A Sunday Drive

  • Into the trash on 28 August 2019.
  • Conceived in 2017.
  • Onto my workbench March 2019.  Off my workbench August 2019.
  • This automata is a 1/1 and will be for sale, perhaps by the end of 2019.
  • This automata will be motor driven.
  • August 28, 2019:  Onto the trash heap.  Bye-bye.
  • Here is a link to the A Sunday Drive Project Sheet.
A Sunday Drive: two major assemblies.

Misty, a 20 Pipe Street Organ

  • Hand built by Jim to a John Smith design.
  • Completed in the last quarter of 2016.
  • As of 3/20/2019 Misty has had her handle cranked more than 1,000,000 times.
  • Monte the Monkey was an important addition to the organ, and a reason that Jim has begun creating automata.
Misty, a 20 pipe street organ